After working long and hard to be able to afford your car, it is understandable to be extra protective and possessive of it. Many die-hard car owners, in fact, never let other people wash their cars, unless they are sure that it is in the right hands. If you are one of those who prefer to give their vehicles a bath using the old school car wash approach, then here are some tips that you can put to good use in giving your “baby” a spotless clean.
- Before doing anything, first make sure to park the car in a shaded or inclined area and give it some time to cool off. Do not wash your car while it is still hot from a drive, or after being parked in the sun for a long time. This is to prevent the water and suds from quickly drying up.
- Begin by hosing off debris with a strong water spray.
- In mixing the car wash suds, make sure to follow the label’s instructions, as too much of it can leave streaks and residues that can reduce wax life.
- Using a foam sponge or a lush wash mitt, apply your car wish mix, making sure to keep small debris and dirt away from the car’s surface to avoid creating unsightly scratches.
- When washing your car, always start from the top and work down.
- To avoid leaving behind water spots and swirling marks, make sure to move your sponge in a lateral direction, from the hood to the panels. Make sure to rinse them thoroughly after picking up dirt to avoid scratching your car’s exterior.
- Rinse well and move from one panel to the next until the suds dry out.
- Avoid air drying your car as this can only leave water marks. To dry it properly, make sure to use natural or synthetic towels to thoroughly absorb the water.
Car Washing Do’s and Don’ts
When to wash?
Do: wash off loose debris such as droppings, dead bugs, and fallen leaves immediately. Apart from this, weekly car washing is enough to keep your car looking new and flawless.
Don’t: wait for dirt and crud to buildup, as they can damage the surface of your vehicle and may lead to costly repairs.
What to use?
Do: invest in mild car wash cleaning products that are specifically designed for automotive paint. Also make sure to carefully follow mixing instructions to avoid leaving behind staining residues. Use a separate foam sponge when ridding your rims and tires of accumulated debris. As these deposits are harder to scrape off, make sure to use a specialized tar remover to tackle this mess.
Don’t: make use of household cleansers and dishwashing detergents which can strip away your car’s wax.
Cars today have become a necessity, especially if you live far from work. But what many fail to understand is that owning one is not easy, from car financing to regular maintenance, becoming a car owner demands a lot from you. While there are some things that you shouldn’t do on your own, car washing is definitely not one of them, and with these tips, you can help keep your car in tip top shape.
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